A PROJECT to improve fish migration in the River Wear has been completed.
The Government’s River Improvement Fund fish easement works were carried out at Lumley Park, Chester-le-Street.
The park was failing EU water directives about low fish populations.
The Wear Rivers Trust, which works to conserve, protect, improve and rehabilitate the landscape and watercourses of the river, and contractor Owen Pugh hope the work has removed barriers to fish migration.
On the Lumley Park Burn, an old water mill’s remains stopped fish reaching good habitat.
Pools and cascades were created to raise the water level.
It is hoped that trout, dace, chub, and lamprey will be able to recolonise the upper reaches of the stream.
The River Improvement Fund was awarded £110million to revamp England’s rivers, lakes, streams and other water bodies.
It also aims to boost local involvement in caring for blue spaces.
It is hoped the revamp will bring more otters, salmon and other fish back to England’s waters.